“Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them! You’ve worn me out!” There comes a time when we feel fed up with meetings and can’t bear one more. What surprises me is that the Lord can feel the same way! This quote, so commonly the unspoken but lived out sentiment of Christians, is actually … Continue reading Meeting Fatigue
I see a need; my heart goes out to fulfil it, but sometimes I fail to stop and ask the big question: What is God doing here? Why is the Lord of the universe allowing the need to arise? Is it a means of sharpening this person’s character and his dependence on God? If that … Continue reading False Generosity
God speaks out, but many who hear protect themselves from His voice. They dismiss what they hear as thunder, and then complain that He never speaks to them. The response of people when they heard the Father speak to Jesus was – “The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered, others … Continue reading Do I hear?
“Surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:6), yet I am encouraged to hanker after more under the guise of having a big vision from a big God. At times I wonder if I am if I am being distracted by spiritual greed. This verse begins, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant … Continue reading Limited Vision
Can I accept the place of the weak and be the alien and the fatherless, rejecting the temptation to act in wickedness creating my own salvation? When things go bad the temptation to intervene and ‘make them better’ can become immeasurable. Yet the Lord councils me not to put my trust in people, and ‘people’ … Continue reading Whose intervention?
How do I behave before a schemer who always seems to defeat me? When I focus on my adversary, wickedness surges up as I plan strategies to fight back. Can I surrender this person to God, lifting my eyes to Him who is my help and my salvation? If my aim is not ‘to gain … Continue reading Out manoeuvred?
‘God’s business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, setting us straight. Once we are standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye.’ (Psalm 11 Message). The result the Lord is looking for as He works with us is that we would be able to relate with Him face to … Continue reading Look Him in the eye
Why does God make His home among a people, movement or person as He did in Psalm 132, ‘For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for His dwelling: “This is my resting place … here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.”’ It was not that Zion was the only … Continue reading God’s home
People gain a sense of peace after they have experience of deciding to live by God’s word rather than succumb to pressure. ‘Great peace have those who love your law, nothing can make them stumble.’ (Psalm 119:165) They have learned that God is greater than any oppression, so they are not easily driven by it. … Continue reading Hope developed
The fact of God’s sovereignty does not require a resigned acceptance of difficulties as being the will of God. Moses begins Psalm 90 saying he is at home with the eternal God who, knowing his secret faults, brings all he does to nothing. Seems fair; who am I before the Holy and Sovereign God? Moses … Continue reading Partnering with the Sovereign God